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The Balance of Good Health June 2006 © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
The Balance of Good Health is a pictorial representation of the recommended balance of foods in the diet. It applies to most people, including vegetarians and from all ethnic origins, except to children under the age of two years. The Balance of Good Health © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
Eight Guidelines for a Healthy Diet The Balance of Good Health is based on the Government’s Eight Tips for Eating Well: © British Nutrition Foundation 2006 1. Base your meals on starchy foods 2. Eat lots of fruit and veg 3. Eat more fish 4. Cut down on saturated fat and sugar 5. Try to eat less salt – no more than 6g a day 6. Get active and try to be a healthy weight 7. Drink plenty of water 8. Don’t skip breakfast
The Balance of Good Health is based on five food groups which are: Fruit and vegetables Bread, other cereals and potatoes Meat, fish and alternatives Milk and dairy foods Foods containing fat Foods containing sugar © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
Fruit and Vegetables Aim for at least 5 portions a day. Fresh, dried, frozen, canned and juiced - they all count. Main nutrients: carotene, vitamin C, folates and fibre © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
Bread, other cereals and potatoes Eat plenty of foods rich in starch and fibre. Fill-up on bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and yams. Main nutrients: carbohydrate (starch), some calcium and iron, vitamin B, and fibre © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
Meat, fish and alternatives Help the body to grow and stay healthy. Eat a range of meat, fish eggs, nuts, seeds, tofu, beans, and pulses. Main nutrients: iron, protein, B vitamins (B12), zinc, magnesium © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
Milk and dairy foods Help bones and teeth to grow strong and stay healthy. Try lower-fat options. Main nutrients: calcium, protein, vitamin B12, vitamins A & D © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
Foods containing fat / Foods containing sugar Don’t eat too many foods that contain a lot of fat. Don’t have sugary foods and drinks too often. © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
Composite Dishes Much of the food eaten is in the form of dishes, combining many different food groups. dough base: bread, other cereals and potatoes cheese: milk and dairy foods sausage: meat, fish and alternatives tomato: fruit and vegetables © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
British Nutrition Foundation For further information, go to: www.nutrition.org.uk or www.foodafactoflife.org.uk © British Nutrition Foundation 2006
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